It's Easter Monday (or Pasquetta), so let's have a contest.  In traditional term logic, a syllogism whose conclusion distributes the minor term but whose minor premise does not is guilty of the fallacy of the illicit minor, or the Father O'Malley Fallacy.  A student of mine today suggested another name, the Father McPheeley Fallacy. 

Anyone have any other suggestions?

And in the tradition of making up gestures descriptive of the fallacies, the one for this one is moon walking.


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  1. Hilarious.  Perhaps the exercise in the book could be called "to catch a fallacy."

    Perhaps we might call this the Bill Donahue fallacy, in honor of the blowhard no pun intended who blames the entire problem on homosexuality.  Perhaps he, like Santorum before him, needs an ironic moniker.

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